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  • Have you ever shorted an extension lead?
  • TiRed
    Full Member

    Well the U.K. has.

    My father in law was the commissioning engineer on this. We’ve just plugged into Norway for another GW.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-58570893

    dickster
    Free Member

    I’m fond of a dial/chart/graph and an electrical engineer I used to work with pointed me to this:

    https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

    I find it strangely fascinating.

    DickBarton
    Full Member

    I need to get an eye test…have read the title 4 times and still think it says ‘Have you ever shortened an extension lead?’ – I was going to post on here to say, no, I’ve just bought another wall socket…but it isn’t anything do do with shortening an extension lead!!!

    masterdabber
    Free Member

    I need to get an eye test…have read the title 4 times and still think it says ‘Have you ever shortened an extension lead?’

    LOL….me too. I’m glad I’m not the only one needing an eye test.  🙂

    footflaps
    Full Member

    I’m fond of a dial/chart/graph and an electrical engineer I used to work with pointed me to this:

    https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

    I find it strangely fascinating.

    I find this one easier to understand the exact breakdown:

    https://grid.iamkate.com/

    footflaps
    Full Member

    Have you ever shorted an extension lead?

    and the answer is yes, went to cut the plug off one but forgot to unplug it first. My side cutters have a nice round arc hole in the blade. Made an almighty bang!

    twrch
    Free Member

    Glad I’m not the only one! I even had the little boy watching, as he loves seeing how things are done. We all learned something that day.

    dickster
    Free Member

    Thanks @Footflaps. That’s much easier to enjoy.

    Richie_B
    Full Member

    Knowing the current state of the country it probably wasn’t a short. It is more likely to have been someone attempting to use it at full rating with half the lead still on the drum

    footflaps
    Full Member

    It’s normally the cooling oil in the expansion tanks which catches fire and causes the actual fire to burn (long after they’ve isolated the site).

    richmtb
    Full Member

    Funnily enough an extension lead I made the other week tripped the RCD when I tested it. The neutral wasn’t tightened up properly.

    Was an easy fix.

    This one looks a bit trickier.

    Murray
    Full Member

    If only we had our own high capacity factor, low carbon generators in the UK rather than having to use another countries…

    tthew
    Full Member

    Low wind, a high number of unit outages and now this means the system is running at wager thin margins just now. One large trip and there are likely to be regional power outages. Hold onto your hats gents!

    poly
    Free Member

    Glad I’m not the only one! I even had the little boy watching, as he loves seeing how things are done. We all learned something that day.

    I vividly remember the day nearly 40 years ago that my father took a blow torch to some pipework in the kitchen without realising some previous owner had bodged a ring main extension behind it… That was loud. I learned some new words that day!

    tthew
    Full Member

    Oh knackers – 6 months. And the couple of coal fired sites remaining haven’t got any deliveries booked in because they didn’t expect to run.

    Blackouts ahoy! 

    tthew
    Full Member

    This is the best website for up to date market/grid intelligence.

    https://thecurrent.lcp.uk.com/

    willard
    Full Member

    No, but I worked at a place that tried powering a server rack from a 25m cable on a roll to a 13a plug. Luckily, it tripped before it started burning from all the induction heat. Proper toasty it was…

    paul0
    Free Member

    I’m not sure the cause of the fire has actually been stated yet ?

    Actually quite impressive that something like that can happen and the network still copes. Probably helped it happened at night I guess.

    derek_starship
    Free Member

    Not the BBC now too. PROOFREAD YOU BASTARDS.

    The fire service said four crews remained at the seen “dampening down remaining hot spots” at 14:45 BST.

    footflaps
    Full Member

    The UK price spread is insane!

    https://thecurrent.lcp.uk.com/europe

    footflaps
    Full Member

    This is the best website for up to date market/grid intelligence.

    https://thecurrent.lcp.uk.com/

    odd graph discontinuity:

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/2mrq5XQ]Capture[/url] by Ben Freeman, on Flickr

    goldfish24
    Full Member

    and the answer is yes, went to cut the plug off one but forgot to unplug it first.

    Read this, Immediately looked up to see the posters name expecting it to be WCA. Can’t believe it’s not

    Sandwich
    Full Member

    No, but I did once go long on paperclips.

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